Cal Men Sixth, Women 14th at Chile Pepper Festival

Oct. 14, 2006

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The California men's cross country team placed sixth at the nationally-regarded Chile Pepper Festival at the Agri Park Cross Country Course Saturday morning, while the Golden Bear women's squad finished in 14th.

Cal's men's team posted 175 points, and the women's team tallied 464 points. No. 11 UTEP won the men's competition with 64 points, and host Arkansas, the nation's No. 2 team, was the runner-up with 77 points. No. 4 Arkansas claimed the women's crown with 41 points, and No. 20 Duke was second at 132.

Abilne Christian's Nicodemus Naimadu toured the 10K course in 28:22.8 to win the men's individual championship.

Junior David Torrence paced the Cal men for the second consecutive competition with a 23rd-place showing in 29:46.1. Sophomore Mark Matusak was Cal's second-fastest runner, placing 35th in 30:12.6, and sophomore Yosef Ghebray wasn't far behind in 42nd (30:25.7). Sophomore Jake Schmitt fiinished 47th in his first race of the season in 30:37.0, and junior Chris Chavez took 60th (30:58.7) to contribute the final result towards Cal's team score.

Junior Rebecca Yau led Cal for the third straight time this season, finishing in 38th place on the 6K course in 21:28.2. Senior Bridget Duffy finished in 96th place (22:25.2) as the Bears' next fastest competitior. Freshman Alison Greggor (103rd, 22:32.0), senior Elizabeth Mayeda (132nd, 22:51.3) and sophomore Mackenzie Pierce (154th, 23:04.0) completed Cal's counting scores.

Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego won the women's individual race in 19:29.3.

Cal may send several runners to the Shoreline Open Oct. 21, but the next major competition for the Bears is the Pac-10 Championships Oct. 28 at Stanford's Golf Course.

Chile Pepper FestivalAgri Park Cross Country Course

Men's Team Scores: 1. UTEP 64, 2. Arkansas 77, 3. Abilene Christian 101, 4. Alabama 104, 5. Lamar 169, 6. California 175, 7. Virginia Tech 274, 8. James Madison 324, 9. Leigh 330, 10. Wake Forest 345, 11. Nebraska 369, 12. Sam Houston State 402, 13. Mississippi State 408, 14. Texas Tech 435, 15. Wyoming 446, plus 19 teams.

Top Three Men's Individual Results: 1. Nicodemus Naimadu, Abilene Christian, 28:22.8, 2. Peter Kosgei, Arkansas, 28:33.7, 3 Josphat Boit, Arkansas Alumni 28:35.8.

Cal Men's Individual Results: 23. David Torrence 29:46.1, 35 Mark Matusak 30:12.6, 42. Yosef Ghebray 30:25.7, 47. Jake Schmitt 30:37.0, 60. Chris Chavez 30:58.7, 70. Michael Coe 31:05.5, 81. Steve Sodaro 31:17.3, 101. Andy McClary 31:40.5, 113. Micah Parker 31:49.5, 115. Alex McClary 31:50.8, 152. Eric Lee 32:22.1, 186. Matt Miller 33:00.1.

Women's Team Scores: 1. Arkansas 41, 2. Duke 132, 3. Texas Tech 134, 4. Virginia Tech 168, 5. Baylor 179, 6. Nebraksa 206, 7. Lamar 287, 8. Maryland 306, 9. Southern Methodist 323, 10. UC Riverside 374, 11. Oral Roberts 391, 12. Texas 395, 13. Iowa State 441, 14. California 464, 15. James Madison 480, 16. Wyoming 495, 17. Utah 504, 18. Georgia State 512, 19. LSU 536, 20. Stephen F. Austin 542, plus 23 more teams.

Top Three Women's Individual Results: 1. Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech 19:29.3, 2. Desiraye Osburn, Unattached 19:55.0, 3. Irene Kimaiyo, Texas Tech 20:10.9.

Cal Women's Individual Results: 38. Rebecca Yau 21:28.2, 96. Bridget Duffy 22:25.2, 103. Alison Greggor 22:32.0, 132. Elizabeth Mayeda 22:51.3, 154. Mackenzie Pierce 23:04.0, 159. Rebecca Palm 23:07.1, 169. Gabriela Rios-Sotelo23:15.7, 201. Pippa Macdonald 23:40.0, 256. Lisa Sandoval 24:44.3

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